This work offers a gendered analysis of Third World politics. It uses a wide definition of the political to examine both "high politics" and political activity at the grassroots, focusing particularly on women's organizations. It also examines the impact of policy and politics on gender relations and on different groups of women. After a general discussion of the major theoretical questions involved in the study of gender in Third World politics, and the nature of the Third World and development, the analysis is developed through the in-depth study of different political formations. These are colonialism, revolution, authoritarianism, and democracy and democratization. Examples are taken from much of the Third World.
Georgina Waylen is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this, she taught at the Universities of Salford and East Anglia. She has researched and published on Colonialism, Gender, Structural Adjustment and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean.